This blog post was guest-written by Nicola Mayer, Exhibition and Events Co-ordinator (Lindley Library)

Image: A collection of marbled papers © RHS Lindley Collections

Marbled paper is a type of decorated paper made by floating coloured paint or ink on a liquid surface and creating patterns which are then carefully transferred to paper or other absorbent materials. Marbled paper can be found in many historical books as endpapers or on front and back covers.

In this study session, Victoria Hall will explore the history and development of paper marbling highlighting the different techniques, patterns and materials that can be found in historic books from the mid-18th century to the present day. Victoria studied Art & Architecture at University and has been creating marbled papers from her studio in Norfolk for 30 years. With experience in creating both facsimiles of historic marbled papers and new papers for fine books, Victoria has run many courses and workshops on paper marbling.

There will also be an opportunity to see at first hand historic marbled papers from the RHS Lindley Collections, including the Highgrove Florilegium.

Refreshments will be provided during the break.